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What will be the relevance of Narooma in the Eden-Monaro by-election

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - THE NAROOMA NEWS

I am not a resident of the Narooma region.

I miss out on being a voter in the Eden-Monaro electorate by 6.7 kilometres. However, I do know about the Narooma population's health needs.

What will be the relevance of Narooma in the Eden-Monaro by-election? The population from Tilba to Bodalla is approximately 7500 - nearly 20 per cent of the Eurobodalla's population. Narooma is 46km from Moruya and 85km from Bega. It is 217km from Canberra and 188km from Nowra. Narooma residents are the most likely to be affected geographically by the development of a single level-four hospital for the shire. This is likely to be ameliorated by a proposed Moruya bypass. Considering 114,140 electors in Eden-Monaro, the Narooma region Is about 5 per cent of the electorate. Eden-Monaro was won by a 0.9 per cent margin of 1,685 votes on two-party preferences. The small region could have a significant effect on the by-election. Although the yet to be commenced level-four Eurobodalla regional hospital will be situated in the electorate of Gilmore, an MP with foresight and without parochialism will see the big picture of the benefits to the Far South Coast, from Milton-Ulladulla to the Victorian border, of a level 4 hospital in the Eurobodalla. Such a candidate should lobby for improved services for Narooma residents by supporting the services in the northern Eden-Monaro and southern Gilmore electorates through Federal capital funding for infrastructure. There remains the need for the establishment of radiation oncology services and for extended mental health services, promised during the last election campaign. The Far South Coast needs perinatal and early parenting services. We need tertiary education facilities. We just need a new hospital to put these in. Ask your candidates: "What are you going to do about the development of a new regional hospital for our community?" Dr Michael Holland


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